The main attraction in Placencia are the whale sharks. This happens to be one of the best places in the world for a wild encounter with these gentle giants. But even if you visit outside of whale shark season, there will be plenty to keep your eyes busy.
On the outer reef, you’ll easily spot turtles, rays, pelagic fish, eels and reef sharks among the huge soft and hard corals. On the boat ride out, you might encounter a pod of dolphins or even whales! The inner reef is also visited by plenty of rays, including the majestic manta ray.
This section of the reef is also a photographer’s paradise. The macro in the area ranges from nudibranchs to mantis shrimp and colorful crabs.
October and November is grouper mating season. Thousands of these fish descend on the cayes to mate and give birth to their young.
The drier of the two seasons is from November to July. These months bring slightly cooler temperatures above and below the water. However, temperatures will only drop by a couple of degrees and most divers are still comfortable in a shorty.
November to July, you can expect little to no rain and excellent visibility. April to June is considered the best time to dive in Belize and is peak whale shark season in Placencia.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Tropic or Maya Island Air connect Belize City with Placencia by plane. You can also fly into Placencia from Punta Gorda in the south. Buses also connect Belize City and Punta Gorda to Placencia.
Once you arrive in town, taxis are cheap and convenient for getting around. You can also hire golf carts or bicycles.